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Lansford man pleads to assault

A Lansford man, one of nine charged in connection with a large fight that occurred in the borough on June 15, 2017, entered a guilty plea in Carbon County court on Friday.

Hunter Paul Skidmore, 20, pleaded to a charge of simple assault, a misdemeanor, in exchange for other charges dropped, including a felony count of riot — intent to commit a felony.

Lansford police reported that three juveniles suffered serious injuries during the large fight. At the time of the incident police identified the following as suspects in the incident: Phil Argott, 19; James Beard, 30; Casey Rodweller, 34; Richard Rodweller, 41; and Arthur Rodweller, 20. The three juveniles, ages 17, 17 and 12, are also facing felony riot charges. Their names were not released because they are under 18.

According to a press release from police at the time of the incident, all the suspects were involved in a large fight with approximately 16 people, some wielding knives. Police said that two juveniles suffered fractured noses, closed-head injuries and facial lacerations. A third suffered hearing damage.

The incident reportedly stemmed from a verbal altercation between some juveniles and a man operating a pickup on Bertsch Street near the entrance to the Turkey Hill parking lot. The man allegedly returned to the Turkey Hill with a group of adults and juveniles and the fight ensued. Police said the adults also threatened passers-by who attempted to stop the fighting. Police said that they had to use surveillance video to identify some of the suspects because some participants refused to cooperate with police. The victim, who reportedly suffered multiple stab wounds, refused to cooperate with police,

Defense attorney Charles E. Dutko Jr. said, “This is a case of a bunch of people getting out of hand.”

He said the commonwealth apparently agrees with that by dropping the felony charge.

Judge Joseph J. Matika placed Skidmore on probation for a year and ordered him to render 50 hours of community service, pay court costs of about $1,000, pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation and have no contact with the victim.